Another way that ICWA differs from conventional child welfare laws is that it mandates “active efforts” to keep children with their families or tribe. In most regular child protection cases, Continue reading Who Should Get to Adopt Native American Children?
Despite these challenges, Native American adoptees continue to lead a resilient fight both inside and outside the child welfare system to address disparities, often by providing support systems and advocates Continue reading American Indian Adoptees Deal with Painful Past and Family Separations
A Glendive woman is suing the Bureau of Indian Affairs for $1 million over a 2015 child custody dispute that pitted state and tribal courts against each other. Patsy Fercho, Continue reading Glendive Woman Sues Over Child Custody Dispute That Put Tribal, Minnesota Courts at Odds
Two non-Indian parents filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the state of Minnesota from transferring Indian child custody cases to tribes. Read the full article at Indianz.com.
Two years ago, Tarnowski attended a training in Duluth given by the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues. Stories of historical trauma that have helped lead Continue reading Indian Child Welfare Court in Duluth Aims for Better Outcomes for Native American Families
With the number of American Indian children in Minnesota foster care reaching “unacceptable” levels, the state pledged Thursday to spend $400,000 over the next three years to reduce those numbers. Continue reading State Pledges $400,000 to Reduce Number of Indian Children in Foster Care (MN)
UMD’s Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies, which is part of the Department of Social Work, will serve as the grant’s lead organization and will work with six Continue reading UMD Leads American Indian Child Welfare Act Project (MN)